Undergraduate education at IBCCF

       The IBCCF understands that undergraduate education should be exceptional in the training that it provides for young professionals who are preparing for the job market. As such, in 2005, the Institute achieved an important success with the approval of its bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Biological Sciences-Biophysics. The goal of this major is to graduate undergraduates who will have the capacity to participate in basic research projects or who will participate in the development of new technologies. This bachelor’s degree has been regularly offered since 2006, and at the end of 2009, it will see its first class of graduates. We hope that these students, who have training in a diverse range of focal disciplines such as informatics, physics, chemistry and biology, will have obtained the necessary grades for direct admission into doctoral programs or participation in cutting-edge projects in several areas of research and development, such as biotechnology, bioinformatics, structural biology, toxicology, and environmental and biophysical systems.

    As mentioned above, the IBCCF is responsible for the biological sciences biophysics degree. This degree consists of 69 disciplines, 57 of which are obligatory and 12 of which are optional. Courses can be taken at the IBCCF or at other UFRJ entities that are a part of this pedagogical project (the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, COPPE, the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Chemistry, and the Institute of Mathematics). Additionally, the IBCCF has always played an important role in undergraduate education in that it is also responsible for an essential component of the basic training of various professionals from the different areas that are offered at the

    Center for Health Sciences (CCS) in the areas of physiology, biophysics and parasitology. The IBCCF teaching staff covers 71 disciplines that are distributed among these three principal areas and can lead to 15 career paths: medicine, dentistry, psychology, nutrition, medical physics, nursing, speech therapy, physiotherapy, sciences, health sciences, pharmacy, physical education, occupational therapy, public health, and bioprocess engineering. During the last two years, the IBCCF has expanded its operations in undergraduate education to include other campuses, such as the Macaé and Xerém campuses, where the institute has contributed to the policy to bring higher education to the countryside. Besides engaging in these formal disciplines, the IBCCF is a fundamental participant in the undergraduate experience because of scientific initiation and monitoring activities.

    The IBCCF undergraduate coordinating committee continually evaluates and reconfigures the didactic-pedagogical programming of the disciplines that offer and have as their constant focus the valorization of practical lessons and the training of monitors as effective tools of teaching.